“I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.” ~ Joseph Campbell, via Money: Master the Game
Jonathan Fields is a warm soul. He inspires possibility by producing rich and in-depth media that is shared all across the world. I first got to know Jonathan through his education venture, Good Life Project where he and his team lead a global community in the quest to live more meaningful, connected and vital lives. They produce a top-rated podcast and video-series with millions of listens and views in more than 150 countries, where Jonathan regularly shares conversations with the world’s leading voices, like Sir Ken Robinson, Elizabeth Gilbert, Milton Glaser, Brene Brown, Gretchen Rubin and hundreds more.
“Live in the moment for the sheer joy of living it. Then each moment has the quality of an orgasm. Yes, it is orgasmic. This is how my people have to live, with no ‘should,’ with no ‘ought,’ with no ‘must,’ with no commandment. You are not here to become martyrs; you are here to enjoy life in its fullness. And the only way to live, love, enjoy, is to forget the future. It exists not.” ~ Osho, Fame, Fortune, and Ambition
Introduction: Finding your Life’s Task can be one of the most important discoveries of your lifetime.
In order to live a fulfilled life, we need to live fulfilled days. And if we want to feel fulfilled day-in and day-out then we need to pay attention to how we’re spending our time. The great accumulation of minutes and hours turns into days and weeks which turns into months and years which, of course, turns into a lifetime. And when you boil it down to how we spend the majority of our time on a daily basis, which area do most of us invest our time into? It’s our Life’s Task.
“Don’t hope for a life with no pain; hope for a life with good pain. We all know that not everything that feels good is actually good. In the same way, not everything that feels painful is necessarily bad.” ~ LaRae Quy, Smart Brief
Introduction: No sugar-coating here.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson is a book that cuts right to the chase. In his own words he says, “Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it.” And while it may sound like a grim and negative perspective on life, his advice is actually quite practical and direct and can help you turn your life around in less time than a lot of the, “sugar-coated” products available on the market today.
When it comes to success, Manson’s stance is that there will ALWAYS be a struggle in some way, shape, or form and that you should drop the notion of having a struggle-free career or living a struggle-free life—it simply won’t happen. Moreover, it would lead to a boring existence! Problems force us to think outside of our comfort zones and challenge us to grow to stronger mental, physical, and spiritual states. The same way our bodies become stronger when challenged with resistance training and conditioning, so too does our mind and spirit become stronger with problem solving and critical thinking. The trick, Manson suggests, is to find the problems and struggles worth challenging yourself over—the ones you actually enjoy sitting with and working to solve.